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State Police: Mother charged after 5-year-old girl found wandering with meth pipe

Lincoln County court records say Christina Wade, 35, of Hamlin is charged with child abuse creating risk of injury and child neglect creating risk of injury. (West Virginia State Police)

West Virginia State Police said a mother was charged after her 5-year-old girl was found wandering alone in the middle of the street in Lincoln County with no shoes, socks or pants and was holding a methamphetamine pipe.

Christina Wade, 30, of Hamlin was charged Monday after a trooper found her little girl, and Wade was discovered passed out with uncapped needles and a meth pipe lying next to her bed, according to a criminal complaint filed in Lincoln County Magistrate Court.

A trooper responded about 1:45 p.m. Monday to Holley Avenue after receiving a report about the girl. An anonymous caller said she tried to wake up the mother but was unsuccessful.

The complaint said after finding the girl, the trooper located Wade, and it took him several attempts to wake her up. State Police said she admitted to using meth the day before, causing her to stay wake until 5 a.m. The complaint said she told the trooper that her mother was supposed to watch her daughter while she slept.

State Police said the girl said she didn’t have anything to eat all day and was hungry and wanted some clothes. The trooper was unable to find food and clothing inside the residence.

Meanwhile, the trooper observed flea bites all over both of the girl’s arms and lice in her hair. The complaint said Wade told the trooper her daughter had lice for a few days, but she hadn’t made it to the doctor yet for treatment.

Wade is charged with child abuse creating risk of injury and child neglect creating risk of injury. She is currently being held at the Western Regional Jail on a $50,000 surety/cash bond.

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